Family Tinamous (Tinamidae)


Taczanowski's Tinamou (Nothoprocta taczanowskii)


French: Tinamou de Taczanowski German: Taczanowskisteißhuhn Spanish: Tinamú de Taczanowski

Nothoprocta taczanowskii

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1875,

Junín, Peru


Form described as “N. godmani” may be immature of present species. Monotypic.


C & SE Peru (Junín, Apurímac and Cuzco; E Andes of Puno); recently found in Bolivia (La Paz)#R.

Descriptive notes

32·5–36 cm. Distinctive tinamou with long curved bill, dull breast and pale abdomen. Has dark cap, each feather largely black with some dull brown barring and... read more


When flushed, emits loud “cuyy cuyy”. No other information.


Areas of cloudforest with scrub, fields, pasture and open grassy or rocky areas in humid or semi-... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Often feeds on tuber crops, especially potatoes.


Few data. Season mainly Apr–May; in Peru, eggs and chicks recorded in Apr and May (Junín) and Oct (Puno).


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Uncommon to rare, and apparently local. In Peru, recent records from several localities in Apurímac, Cuzco and Puno, although not recorded in Chincheros... read more

Recommended citation

Cabot, J., Christie, D.A., Jutglar, F. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Taczanowski's Tinamou (Nothoprocta taczanowskii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 August 2019).